Reilly Honored By The ECAC

September 23, 2010

Former Middlebury College director of athletics and coach Russ Reilly will be honored by the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference). Commissioner Rudy Keeling announced that Reilly, along with three others, will be given the James Lynah Distinguished Service Award. They will receive their awards on Tuesday, September 28, at the ECAC Honors Luncheon presented by Jostens. The luncheon will be held at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, Massachusetts during the 2010 ECAC Fall Convention and Trade Show.

Established in 1957 in appreciation of the ECAC's principal founder James Lynah, the award is bestowed periodically upon an ECAC athletics administrator who has achieved outstanding success and has made significant contributions in the interest of intercollegiate athletics.

Reilly's resume includes a great deal of success at a variety of positions throughout athletics. A Massachusetts native, he spent the majority of his career at Middlebury College after working at his alma mater, Bates College. In his 29 years at Middlebury, he was an assistant coach for both the men's basketball and men's soccer teams before being named head coach of the men's basketball and women's soccer teams. At different times during his tenure, he led the fall and spring golf teams and women's soccer at the start of the team's existence. The longest coaching stint he had was 19 years as the head men's basketball coach. 

Through the 80's and 90's, Reilly also worked at an assistant athletics director, an associate athletics director, and the intramural director. He began his run as director of athletics at Middlebury in 1997 where he stayed until retiring in 2006.

In his time at Middlebury, Panther teams combined to win 22 national championships and 35 New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) championships.  He also brought an expansion to the school's athletic facilities, including the addition of the Kenyon Ice Hockey Arena, a softball diamond, and the Kohn all-weather field. The department also renovated and expanded the fitness center, Pepin Gymnasium, the Duke Nelson Recreational Center, and the Bubble, which houses an indoor track and five new international squash courts. In addition, the full-time coaching faculty has expanded from 16 to 20.

Reilly's career includes serving as the chair of the NESCAC Athletic Administrators and chair of the NCAA Men's Division III Ice Hockey Championships Committee. In 1996, he was selected as a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport.